Music keeps brewin' at Menotomy Grill.
Performing free (no cover) Thursday, Aug. 28, 9:30 to midnight, Ben Baldwin and the Big Note.
These guys have been together for 35 years. Members have played with Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Solomon Burke, Jay Geils and many others.
Increasingly, work is not a place to which to commute from home; in fact, you may work at home, or at least nearby.
Amid this changing landscape, work is not a product you make, though it can be, but an idea you try to shape into reality. Further, work may not be a boss dictating to passive followers, but collaboration toward goals around shared values.
Our neighbors in Somerville and Cambridge are adjusting to these changes in the workplace. Why not Arlington?
And so the town planning office held a two-hour forum this summer to take a look at what some call co-working and others makerspaces. About 30 people heard from those involved in altered work life -- one of them from Arlington.
Emily Reichert, executive director of Greentown Labs of Somerville, runs an "incubator" for ideas. "We help entrepreneurs address world's biggest energy and environmental challenges," she said.
Created by four guys from MIT, the start-up -- which Reichert called the largest clean-tech firm in Northeast -- began in Cambridge, moved to South Boston, then 2013 to Somerville, where it has grown to 46 companies with 170 full-time jobs plus 95 contractor interns. (See who's involved here >>)
"Somerville very welcoming," she said, making it possible for her company to take advantage of the city's hot market.
Greentown Labs occupies 33,000 square feet of the former Ames Envelope, a company whose CEO had been Bill Shea, the longtime Arlington luminary who died in 2012.
The transition of the space is emblematic of the times.
You own a business, and you like Arlington's advantages, where might you hang your shingle?
Here are some locations based on a 2 1/2-hour trip from one end of town to the other. This is not a definitive list of available business properties in town. It is based on what the eye can see and what some public records tell.
Perhaps among the 16 locations observed, you can find space for your product or idea. Perhaps you may find a way to work with others -- and make the space co-working.
The following locations were deemed vacant based on signs in a window or general appearance. Phones or websites are reported in case you want to inquire about a
property. Much of the property information is according to the town assessors' database here >>
Woman Suffrage Arrives in Arlington is the title of a new pamphlet by Oakes (Ames) Plimpton, and the Arlington resident who loves our history would like you to have a taste.
In part, it's a tribute to his grandmother, Blanche Ames, who drew cartoons favorable to supporters of woman suffrage, including the example at left.
Nearly a century ago, it was a hot topic in then-Republican Arlington.
Researching woman suffrage here, Plimpton pored through microfilms of old Advocates in the Robbins Library for 1915 and 1920 to tell the story of the debate and its conclusion.
The Arlington Anti-Suffrage League gave a Rose Tea at Odd Fellow Hall on Sept. 20, 1915. Among the attendees were mesdames O. W. Whittemore, J. Q. A. Brackett and Miss Ida Robbins -- surnames you will recognize from historic buildings in town.
The Arlington Equal Suffrage League held an open-air rally Sept. 24 that year. Among other things, a speaker pointed out there was nothing to fear from the so-called "ignorant vote" of women -- for "they were temperate and more law-abiding than men ...."
C. S. Parker, owner of The Advocate, editorialized against woman suffrage, apparently concluding that equal suffrage would bring out the "ignorant vote!"
But matters changed in 1920: The House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on May 21, the Senate followed June 4 and the measured was ratified by the 36th state Legislature (necessary three-quarters of the states) on Aug. 18.
You think it's easy to schedule a town election? Not in 2015. Pick a day in early-to-mid April, and like a video game with opponents coming your way that you have to avoid or shoot down. Each choice has an obstacle or, shall we say, a holiday.
Guided by a memo from town counsel, selectmen voted, 4-0, on Monday, Aug. 4, to set the election for March 28, a Saturday.
It will be the first town election in March in 14 years. Is anyone cheering?
Selectman Kevin Greeley asked that the election be on a Saturday and that it be held a week, move earlier than usual. This year, it was held April 5.
Board member Dan Dunn agreed.
Selectman Diane Mahon hoped that, whatever the date, there be sufficient time for precinct meetings, typically held in the weeks leading up to Town Meeting. It is due to start Monday, April 27. In the past, Precincts 8 and 10 met, but as many as half of the precincts now hold pre-Town Meeting sessions.